Three Texas girls who have been caught on video attacking a Carmine’s restaurant hostess in a dispute over proof of vaccination have been arraigned within the Big Apple Tuesday on fees that might land them behind bars for as much as one yr.
The alleged attackers — Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston, and Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, each of Humble, Texas — have been every charged in Manhattan Criminal Court with two counts of third-degree assault, tried assault and harassment for the Sept. 16 beatdown.
“We greatly appreciate how seriously the district attorney’s office is taking this attack on our staff,” mentioned a spokesperson for Carmine’s. “Restaurant workers are part of our city’s lifeblood, and today sends a strong message that criminal acts like these will not be tolerated.”
A lawyer for Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin beforehand told the New York Times that the hostess on the Upper West Side eatery had acted in a “very aggressive” method and uttered the N-word through the wild brawl — an allegation the restaurant’s proprietor has flatly denied.
The combat erupted after two males arrived on the restaurant to fulfill the ladies however couldn’t present proof of vaccination and have been denied entry, the paper reported. The girls, who had already proven the hostess their inoculation papers and have been seated inside, went again exterior to fulfill their pals.
In the disturbing cellphone footage, the vacationers are proven surrounding the 24-year-old hostess and placing her on the shoulder, neck and face.
“F–k! Oh my God! What the f–k!” the restaurant staffer could be heard screaming within the clip because the hostess desk she was standing behind is pushed over through the tumult.
One defendant allegedly yanked off her necklace, breaking it and leaving a laceration, courtroom papers allege.
The hostess suffered a concussion, intensive bruising and scratches on her face, based on the felony grievance.
The restaurant’s proprietor Jeffrey Bank publicly launched surveillance video of the altercation and insisted there was no proof of any racial slurs getting used, noting that the sufferer is Asian American.
“This attack was entirely unprovoked,” Bank beforehand mentioned.
City laws require individuals 12 and older to present proof of vaccination to dine indoors at eating places, catering halls and different gathering locations.
The trio is due again in courtroom on Nov. 18.
The defendants’ legal professional didn’t instantly return a request for remark.